Phyiscal Hydrology and Soil Science
University of the Western Cape
Cape Town, South Africa
Area of Study
Ecology, Natural Sciences
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Host University Units20
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4 - 5
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units6 - 7.5
Hours & Credits
By the end of this module, students should be able to:Identify, describe and explain the main hydrological processes;precipitation, interception, evaporation, runoff and infiltration,and factors which influence these processes in space and time
Describe and estimate areal rainfall from point measurements.
Discuss the influence of human activities on catchment hydrology.
Identify, describe and explain the physical characteristics of a soil
Clarify the mineralogy of soils.
Explain the chemistry of soils in general and clay minerals in particular and apply them in different projects
Illustrate how a soil?s physical characteristics affect its susceptibility to erosion
Demonstrate their ability to apply the various techniques of physical soil analyses in given scenario
Interpret analytical results from experiments and present these through oral and written report
Hydrologic cycle, and drainage basin characteristics
Rainfall characteristics, their measurement and estimation
Evaporation processes and their measurement
Interception and Runoff formation and their analyses
The influence of human activities on catchment hydrology
General fluvial geomorphology, river health monitoring and river rehabilitation
The physical characteristics of soils and soil water
Soil mineralogy and chemistry
Analytical Soil Techniques
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.